Hyoko with Billy

Bewick's Swan

Hyoko, Niigata, Japan

October 17, 2015

Post Edit: Stu from Hakodate Birding correctly corrected me as identifying the swans in this post as Bewick's Swans. I had incorrectly labelled them as Whoopers. There are usually two species of swans at Hyoko in the winter; Whooper Swan and Bewick's Swan. As Whoopers seem to outnumber the Bewick's most years I usually assume that everything is a Whooper. Thanks for keeping me on my toes, Stu.

Billy and I enjoyed a few hours at Hyoko this morning. I'm keen to brainwash him about birds. The weather was beautiful and clear. I usually wait and visit Hyoko when it is grey and dull in the midst of winter. We found a few arrivals for winter and I enjoyed getting some portraits in nice light. We also saw one peregrine and a young goshawk which stirred up the ducks at the back of the lake.

Bewick's Swan

Tufted Duck

I took a number of similar portraits but I like looking at them. They are all different.

Spot-billed Duck

Northern Pintail